For last week’s Wednesday enrichment activity we went to Brilliant Detroit, a non-profit organization that works to empower Detroit's youth through literacy and libraries. Inspired by their work for the future leaders of tomorrow, I chose to write this blog post on another such organization working with children in Detroit–Detroit Impact. Detroit Impact is a youth center established to work with the youth in Detroit’s community to teach, mentor, guide, motivate, and encourage them through the provision of programs and services designed to obtain their interest. It does this through the four pillars the organization is built on – Leadership, Literacy, Second Chance Initiatives, and Recreation.
By the same token, it currently has four primary programs:
- ChangeMakers–Leadership Development: A Detroit Impact initiative utilizing structured activities that support positive adolescent development, leading to positive decision making and critical thinking skills. ChangeMakers builds character, improve reading/comprehension skills, provide opportunities for creative expression, social skills, and personal growth. Activities include but are not limited to prevention Strategies, Daily Journaling and Participant Development Plans.
- STEAM @ “The D”: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) is designed to enrich and equip students (K-12) ability to participate in projects that will expose children to the perspective of alternative energy. Detroit Impact’s Steam initiative goal is to help students gain academic enrichment, teamwork, and cognitive thinking abilities and a fundamental understanding of natural energy as it relates to how renewable energy can be used as a source of sustainable power.
- Kids Club: Kids Club is an after-school and weekend program for youth, ages 6-12. Meeting every 2nd Saturday of each month, Kids’ Club is designed to offer its members a positive, fun experience in the safe environment of the Detroit Impact Center through Tabletop Board Games, Artistic Enrichment Classes, Field Trips, 1-on-1 & Group Tutoring, etc.
- Money Matters: Finally, Money Matters 4 Youth, is developed to drive financial literacy in the community. Students aged 8-18 who attend are called investors, and receive the opportunity to begin an online stock portfolio, Internship and job assistance and Interviewing skills, Five avenues of income streams each day, Opportunities for scholarships and scholarship information and Business etiquette.
This diverse development program works to holistically improve the lives of children in Detroit and I cannot wait to see the work they do in the coming years!